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A psychological thriller about an isolated young woman and her murderous mother from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Girl Next Door.
Far from London, the isolated estate called Shrove House looms over the English countryside. Inside, two women hide from the world. For sixteen years, Eve has protected her daughter, Liza, from the corrupting influence of modern life, never letting her outside, hiding her from those who visit, and killing to keep her safe. Raised in her mother’s shadow, Liza has never questioned that this is the way things must be—until the night the police come to call, and Liza flees into the darkness.
Alone in the world for the first time, terrified that her mother’s murderous past may catch up with her, Liza does what she can to survive. Taking shelter with the groundskeeper, Liza delves into her own past, telling the story of her traumatic childhood as a way of finding a place for herself in this strange, terrifying new world. But she will soon find herself wondering how much like her mother she really is . . .
Joyce Carol Oates called Ruth Rendell “one of the finest practitioners of her craft in the English-speaking world.” In New York Times Notable Book The Crocodile Bird, this three-time Edgar Award winner shows the talent that made her one of the best.
'“A strong performance that should spoil the trains-and-planes readership rotten.” —The Independent“In a sea of slasher novels, Ruth Rendell’s The Crocodile Bird is an oasis of clean writing, clear thinking, and genuine insight that deserves the description ‘psychological thriller.’ ” —San Francisco Chronicle “Ruth Rendell excels in depicting the damaged life, the ruined soul whose fierce, elemental pain is refracted into the world as ritualistic, orderly, and even apparently calm behavior—behavior that ultimately turns deadly.” —Boston Sunday GlobePraise for Ruth Rendell “If you’re unfamiliar with Ruth Rendell, if you’ve somehow managed to miss her sixty or so books . . . then, congratulations: Your reading life is about to get infinitely richer.” —Jonathan Shapiro, Los Angeles Times “Rendell has for years, along with her friend P.D. James, been bringing new sophistication and psychological depth to the traditional English mystery.” —TheWashington Post “Ruth Rendell is my dream writer. Her prose style . . . has the disquieting intimacy of an alien touch in the dark.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review '
Publisher: Open Road Media